Self-Care Reboot

I went to see my spiritual director because I was sick of crying at work. My teammates are incredibly supportive, don’t get me wrong, but it was getting a tad ridiculous. Almost six months into being the primary care giver to two children, my (part-time) hours in the office were my only hours away from […]

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Girl Power

One of the many things that drew me to the Kibera Girls Soccer Academy’s success story is that Abdul understood that he needed to address the needs of the whole girl. Improvement in the classroom can happen faster if the girls feel embodied and if they have an outlet for their creativity. The sports, clubs […]

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Pentecost Hope

This year I was hungry for Pentecost. I yearned for the story– a bunch of people in a room, speaking different languages yet understanding each other. Speaking our truth in our language and working toward understanding of the other is our work in the world, our community and our family. Subscribe to this blog Leave […]

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For the Love of Soccer

The KGSA story was about soccer before it was about school. It makes sense to me that a successful girls’ soccer team became a successful girls’ school. Female athletes know all about work ethic and focus. They understand that they are stronger together, striving to overcome adversity as a unit. The school felt like a […]

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Save the Date, Twin Cities!

If you are in the Twin Cities area on August 15, I’d be honored to see you at Open Book for the Play Like a Girl launch event! Please share this invite with other people in your life who may be interested. Subscribe to this blog Leave this field empty if you’re human: Play Like a […]

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The Power of Stories

“What should we play this morning, Simon?” I ask after breakfast. Subscribe to this blog Leave this field empty if you’re human: Play Like a Girl “Books!” That’s my kid. My two-year old loves books. He wants to read books again and again and again, momma. He wants books first thing after snuggles in the […]

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Girls It Is

The following is my Author’s Note from the upcoming Play Like a Girl. To read more, pre-order it today! Subscribe to this blog Leave this field empty if you’re human: Play Like a Girl It bothers some foreign visitors that the people at Kibera Girls Soccer Academy (KGSA) refer to the high school students as “girls.” Many […]

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Work & Rest: Trusting the Tension

Last Saturday morning, I was sitting on the couch totally content. My baby was snuggling on my chest. My two-year old sang along to the Beatles’ record he picked off the shelf. My spouse refilled my coffee cup. In that lovely moment, I had a breakthrough on an essay. I had been stuck for days […]

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Play Like a Girl

Full Circle

I travelled to Kibera, Kenya in 2012 and did a slew of interviews at Kibera Girls Soccer Academy. I went back in 2013 and did more. I spent a few years arranging a manuscript from those interviews. I found an agent, we got a contract. Now in 2017, a group of KGSA students and administrators […]

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Living from the Center Within

Higher Consciousness Lies Within

A mutual friend introduced me to Michele Rae a few years ago. I was immediately drawn to her intuition and inner sense of peace. I had the distinct honor of offering Michele editing support through the writing, pitching, and publishing process of Living From Your Center Within.  Subscribe to this blog Leave this field empty […]

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